The vast majority of Serbia’s territory is dominated by mountains, from the Pannonian hills in the north all the way to the borders with Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia in the south. Serbia’s mountains belong to the Rhodopes, Carpathian, Balkan and Dinaric mountain ranges.
And the very names of some Serbian mountains are associated with natural riches abundant in Zlatibor, Zlatar and Rajac. In order to preserve the priceless harmony between the plant and animal kingdoms, some mountains have been protected as one of five national parks or have been proclaimed nature parks or areas of exceptional importance.
Indigenous plant species to Serbia’s mountains include the Kopaonik violet, the Serbian spruce, Serbian flax and Serbian fescue. Animals include the Griffon Vulture, Golden Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Tawny Owl, Shore Lark, Common Crossbill, Eagle-owl, dormouse, wildcat, brown bear and the chamois.
Brooks and fast-flowing streams crisscross the mountains, many of which also harbour crystal clear lakes. Some mountains have been designated “climatic spas” because of their exceptional climates.
Both summer and winter are to be enjoyed on Serbia’s mountains, from independent or guided walking tours across glades and woodland to demanding hikes up to the tallest peaks. Those with an adventurous spirit can explore karst caves and river canyons. The ski slopes and lifts await tourists in the winter, whether they are beginners or experienced skiers.
Hunting reserves in the thick forests are rich in small and large game, while the mountain rivers and lakes are ideal for a spot of fishing. It is also possible to enjoy birdwatching in Serbia’s many Important Bird Areas (IBA).
Accommodation options are also diverse, from four-star hotels to forest cabins and youth hostels, and village tourism is also well-developed. Mountain food and drink are guaranteed to be completely natural and sourced from village households. Forest fruits, mushrooms and medicinal plants are also plentiful.